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Venezuelan opposition coalition divides following regional election defeat, increasing ruling party's grip on power

25 October 2017


Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles announced on 24 October that he was withdrawing from the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática: MUD) and called for the creation of a new opposition alliance.

Capriles conditioned his return to the MUD to the withdrawal of Henry Ramos Allup, the leader of the Democratic Action (Accion Democratica: AD) party. The move by Capriles followed the decision of four elected opposition governors (from the AD party) in the 15 October regional elections to be sworn in at the pro-government National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which will draft a new constitution.

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